When Agnes Kavere's apartment building collapsed in the Huruma neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, killing 52 residents in a crash of concrete and steel, she was busy ferrying the family's belongings to a higher floor in a futile quest for safety. The disaster killed her young husband, and has changed Kavere's life forever. She cleans houses to earn money, while her mother raises her children. And she cannot bear to enter a multi-story building, seeing shadows of tragedy in distance from the ground. A video by Andrew Ochieng, for Journalists for Transparency and 100Reporters.
In September 2017, a massive earthquake in Mexico City downed 38 buildings and killed 369 people. More threatening, though, than the earthquake is corruption, which allows buildings to rise despite lack of official approval and in violation of safety standards and buildings codes, an investigation by Journalists for Transparency and 100Reporters has found.
In Nairobi, images of collapsed apartment and business towers have captured public attention and directed light to a global problem. Poor building-code enforcement has allowed sub-standard construction, with tragic consequences from Nairobi to Mexico City.
Growing demand from European consumers has led to a boom in Fairtrade flower sales. Around 640 million stems were sold between 2013 and 2014, a 5 percent increase from the same time a year earlier. However, Journalists for Transparency found workers on Fairtrade farms who were exposed to pesticides and suffered miscarriages, in violation of Fairtrade standards for chemical exposure. The farms on which two women worked did not acknowledge any responsibility for their miscarriages.
Since the early 1990s, Fair Trade agriculture has been touted as a tool to help farmers in developing nations raise their income by securing better prices for raw products that enjoyed high demand in Europe and the United States. Most of the intended beneficiaries are in Africa, and grow labor-intensive crops like cocoa, coffee, tea, flowers, and bananas. But an investigation of Fairtrade suppliers in several countries has found workers toiling for long hours and low pay in sometimes hazardous conditions--in short, the very conditions Fairtrade was meant to end.
Seventh in the series East Goes West: When the violence in Congo became unbearable Afonso decided it was time to pack his bags. He contacted a group of smugglers, and escaped Kinshasa on a cargo ship with a handful of other migrants. As the boat left Africa it headed not north to Europe but due West, to Brazil.
Sixth in the series East Goes West: In 2008, Ecuador passed a new constitution which created an “open door” policy for all foreign visitors. From one day to the next, no-one needed a visa to enter, turning Ecuador from a little known dot on the South American map to a key destination for people who wanted to travel to or through the Americas.
Fourth in the series East Goes West: Manning the bustling stalls that make up the marché H.L.M. in central Dakar, merchants shout for attention as they try to persuade shoppers to buy their myriad patterned fabrics from different corners of Africa: Khartoum cloth, lingerie, ribbons, shoes, and jewellery. In the air is the smell of recently-fried beignets being laid to dry on large sheets of newspaper.
Dangerous Passage And Uncertainty In Europe Push Migrants, Refugees To Americas. Abdul Majeed was 5,000 miles and an ocean away from his home in Ghana when he crossed the Darien Gap, the jungle border that lies between Colombia and Panama.
Fifth in the series East Goes West: Nurah suspected her 13-year-old son was dead when the smuggler who claimed to be holding him hostage refused to put him on the phone. That was three years ago, but that series of events still runs through her mind every day.